Ottawa, ON, June 9, 2011 – NRC’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) is pleased to share the news that Carleton University, the University of Guelph, and the Canadian Space Agency have accepted an invitation to pilot DataCite Canada’s data registration service and feed into its development.
NRC-CISTI created DataCite Canada to serve as a central research data set registration service for Canada. Once launched, DataCite Canada will enable organizations to register research data sets and assign digital object identifiers (DOIs) to them. DOIs allow researchers to locate, identify, share and cite research data sets over the long term and will help ensure that researchers get appropriate credit for the data they produce.
Pilot participants will provide data set information (metadata), as well as input during the testing and development phase, including feedback on the functionality and usability of the DOI registration system.
“The participation of data centres in this pilot is central to ensuring that DataCite Canada meets the needs of the research community,” says Pam Bjornson, Director General NRC-CISTI. “These organizations are part of a growing community recognizing the value of preserving and making research data findable, citable and accessible for replication and further use.”
The expected public launch date of the DataCite Canada registration service is early 2012.
DataCite Canada is part of the broader international DataCite initiative, a consortium of national-scale libraries and research organizations committed to increasing access to research data on the internet. One way DataCite is achieving this goal is by being a global registration agency for research data. DataCite members (NRC-CISTI is a founding member of DataCite) work with data centres in their own countries to register data and assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to them. NRC-CISTI is DataCite’s DOI allocation agent for Canada.
For over 80 years, the National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) has been an integral component in the growth of Canada’s innovation capacity. NRC-CISTI provides Canada’s research community with high-value authoritative information and information services in science, technology and health to accelerate innovation and commercialization.